Vanitas [Magnolia, Bees, & Silvereye]

Lynn Hurst, Artist

This is one of the photographs in our collection. It was made in 2017. The place where it was made is unknown.
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About the Work
Lynn Hurst's work is the ultimate blend of specimen study, symbology, art history, nostalgia, mad science, and the domestic. Aside from being an assiduously constructed and very thoughtful image, Vanitas also feels familiar - it reminds me of a bee-sting while out walking in Bastia Hill, of magnolia trees hanging over fences in Whanganui East, and of silvereyes chatting away in the feijoa tree out the back of my house.
Riah King-Wall, a freelance cultural sector professional and postgraduate student, for the April 2020 instalment of the My Choice exhibition series.
1000 x 1600mm
premium c-type print on paper
Colour image of still life including a white shirt as a tablecloth, numerous bees flying above the table, large magnolia flowers and several white/cream dice.
Credit Line
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Acquired with the generous assistance of the artist, 2017
Collection Type
Permanent collection
Acquisition Date
Aug 2017



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